This is part 2 of our 3 part interview with Director/ Producer of the upcoming documentary “Dream, An Immigration Story” Aldo Bello. If you missed the opening of our interview be sure to check it out here. We hope that from reading this interview you will not only be excited to see the documentary but get involved and find ways to spread the message.
For More of Aldo Bello’s writings check out their blog
Q: When making a documentary what does it take to convey the message of a good cause?
Passion…and I think the human-interest element is extremely important…that’s why I wanted to tell the story of the DREAM Act (with all of its legislative and policy intricacies) via the personal story of Juan Gomez. Telling the story of a good cause cause without the human element can often confuse people because most issues and causes are abstract…and immigration reform of any kind is EXTREMELY ABSTRACT to most people…that’s why most of that debate tends to fall into the “all illegal immigrants are criminals” category. It’s the only way that a lot of people grasp the issue because it’s too complex. Telling the story via the personal prism of of a human story solves that issue.
Q: With the new social media and have it now society do you find an increasing space for documentaries to fill?
Absolutely…not only within the social media space, which helps to propel these ideas and helps people to coalesce around a cause (look at what’s happening in the Middle East right now) but also the fact that now video has become as easy to view online as reading an article used to be. This wasn’t the case a decade ago…and I think that we are now entering a very exciting space in which online video (shorts, films, what have you) can make a real difference for any social cause.
Q: What advice would you have for someone passionate about a cause in terms of taking that to the next level whether it is creating a documentary or other actions?
Use social media: Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo or YouTube (or both). You have to both create and connect with a community that is interested in the cause and there’s no better way of doing this today than via social media (as you very well know).
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This interview will be concluded Friday here at Inform US Citizens.